The Lion's Roar - 13 March 2019 | 13 March 2019
St Mark's Stars
More news in from our talented young people! We encourage parents to send in the news of their child's success out side of school activities - please email email@example.com
Congratulations to Corey Bartle (M11.2) on being awarded a City of Joondalup Youth Award. The award recognises and reward young people in the City by encouraging them to commit to further studies. Students apply in Year 10, and are awarded $1,000 towards study costs across Year 11 and Year 12. Well done, Corey!
Congratulations to Skyla Tothill (W9.2) on a fantastic performance in the surf. After training in Margaret River, Skyla went on to compete in the State Surf Competition. She came 3rd in the State in the Under 16 Girls, and 4th in the State in Under 18 Girls, defeating many of the State's best along the way. The finals were held in huge surf and extremely testing conditions.
Congratulations to Elyssa Melville (M9.2) and Megan Bothma (W9.2), both from Whitfords Hockey Club, on their selection for the WA Performance Team for the U15 National Hockey Championships that are taking place in Narellan, NSW in April. Best of luck for the Championship, girls!
Chase Bunce (6.3) placed 1st at Little Athletics WA State Championships in Under 11 boys discus with a record setting throw of 34.87m. He also placed 6th in U11 boys Hurdles final with a PB of 10.67 seconds and 7th in shot put with a throw of 8.56m. Well done, Chase!
Madison Toovey (CH10.2) has been competing in the Australian Youth A ITU Triathlon Series for the 2018-2019 season. This consisted of three events in the eastern states: Runaway Bay, QLD , Black Mountain, Canberra and Devonport, Tasmania.The events were over a variety of different distances and formats.
Triathlon Australia announced on Facebook and Instagram the results at the weekend, with Madison coming in 2nd overall in the Youth A category. She will receive a trophy at the Triathlon Australia Awards Night in Queensland later in the year.
Rhianna Hepburn (CH10.1) also took part in the series and came 4th overall taking out the Australian Youth A Championship at Devonport.
The Cake Stall is calling for volunteers to bake cakes, slices, confectionery and similar yummy goodies for the Stall. We welcome all sorts of treats. Please note that there are food safety guidelines that we are required to meet, and as such, we are unable to accept or sell any item that would require refrigeration. So unfortunately, we cannot accept any items that include fresh cream or custard, such as custard tarts, milk tarts and or peppermint tarts.
Please take note of the following ESSENTIAL requirements. Donated items must be:
- clearly labelled with a list of ingredients
- on sturdy disposable plates or other suitable packaging
- covered with plastic wrap or similar
Volunteers will be in the Ken Fairfield Hall to accept your baked delights on Friday 22 March after school (from 3.30pm to 5.30pm) and prior to the Fete on Saturday 23 March (from 8am to 10am).
Remember that you can claim parent hours for your baking. The guideline is one hour per cake/batch of cupcakes/biscuits or slices.
We need your to help us source key items needed for the Fete. To make it easier for families, the Fete Committee has allocated preferred donations per year group. These donations play a part in bringing the Stalls to life - from food items and chocolate to novelty gifts and more. All year groups and contributions are listed in the table below. Drop off bins are located in the ELC, Junior, Middle and Main reception areas. Thank you for helping make this Fete a success!
We are aware that your child may also have been asked to bring in other items for the Fete as part of their Year Group's Fete activity (for e.g. ceramic pots in Junior School, or hamper items for Middle and Senior School).
We understand that for some families, especially those with more than one child, donating from more than one donation list may not viable. Please donate what is appropriate for your family's circumstances.
Donation Wish List
|Year Group||Requested Contribution|
|Kindy||Stationery Items (pens, pencils, erasers, felt pens, glue, paints, colour books, note books etc.)|
|Pre-Primary||Small / Novelty Toys (matchbox cars, bouncy balls, bubbles, water balloons, yoyos, water pistols (small), army men, small dolls, horses etc.)|
|Year 1||Packets of lollies, lollipops, chocolates (all sizes needed)|
|Year 2||$5 donation to enable specific coloured hair spray to be purchased on your behalf. Alternatively, please donate beauty items (see Year 7 list)|
|Year 3||Play jewellery and accessories for young ones (temporary tattoos, tiaras, feather boas, bow ties, hats, wigs – your local $2 shop is a great place to look for items|
|Year 4||Play jewellery and accessories for young ones (temporary tattoos, tiaras, feather boas, bow ties, hats, wigs – your local $2 shop is a great place to look for items|
|Year 5||Costume jewellery (Diva, Markets and Variety Stores have plenty)|
|Year 6||Bathroom items (soaps, hand and body lotions, shower caps, shampoo / conditioner, bath salts, bubbles, loofahs etc.)|
|Year 7||Beauty Items (nail polish, make up, lip gloss, body glitter gels, body stick on jewels & tattoos, face masks etc.)|
|Year 8||Garden / outdoor items (basic plastic garden / seedling pots, decorative pots, small tubs of plant food or similar small gardening tools)|
|Year 9||Hair accessories and products (gels, sprays, clips, combs, headbands, scrunchies, elastic hair ties, ribbons, fascinators)|
|Year 10||Mystery Jars!! Make a jar about 12 cm in height filled with lollies and little novelty surprises for little hands.|
|Year 11||Gourmet food items (tea, coffee, sauces, olives, jams etc.)|
|Year 12||Gourmet food items (tea, coffee, sauces, olives, jams etc.)|
|EVERYONE!||Chocolate, Chocolate & More Chocolate NEEDED FOR PRIZES & GAMES|
Middle & Senior School Hamper Items
|Year 8||Beach theme (any related item)|
|Year 9||BBQ theme (any related item)|
|Year 10||Girls' toys|
|Year 11||Boys' toys|
|Year 12||Beauty, health and lifestyle|
Does the thought of queuing for tickets for the Amusement Park rides at the Fete make you frown? We have the perfect solution, which will save you time AND money!
For the first time, Fete visitors can pre-purchase their tickets for the Amusement Park rides and activities. Plus, early birds will be able to purchase 10 tickets for just $30 (excludes Sideshow Alley). This is a limited offer, so purchase now! Tickets purchased through this Early Bird Special will be delivered to your child's class in the week of 18 March.
Early Learning Centre
K-1 CLASS CONTACT LISTS
The Class Parent Reps are currently compiling a parent contact list for each class. If you would like to be included on the list, please email your contact details to your class parent representative as soon as possible. A list of the ELC Class Parent Reps and their email addresses has been uploaded to the Documents Portal for the ELC.
PRE-PRIMARY DENTAL SCREENING – 3 APRIL
Please be aware that the Craigie Heights Dental Therapy Centre will be attending St Mark’s to do their annual dental screening on Wednesday 3 April, in the morning.
They will be screening all Pre-Primary, Year 3 and Year 6 children that are currently enrolled with their service. Should you prefer for your child not to be screened or wish to withdraw from the service, please contact the Craigie Heights Dental Therapy Centre directly (9401 3731).
The dental screening is a quick assessment of needs, growth and development, but does not replace your child's thorough examination at the clinic, which will be booked with you later in the year by Craigie Heights Dental Therapy Centre.
If any children are not currently enrolled with Craigie Heights Dental Therapy Centre, and would like to be, please do not hesitate to contact them.
CRAIGIE HEIGHTS DENTAL THERAPY CENTRE
C/- Craigie Heights Primary School
Spinaway St, Craigie,WA 6025
ELC TERM 1 EVENT REMINDERS
- Y1 & 2 Author Visit – Monday 18 March (information letter on portal)
- Community School Fete – Saturday 23 March from 10am for K-12 families and wider community (flyer on portal)
- PP Dental Screening – morning of Wednesday 3 April
- K-1 Grandparents’ Day Celebration – afternoon of Wednesday 3 April (Kindy Starfish also invited)
- PP-Y5 Easter Service - Tuesday 9 April at 9am (parents welcome to attend)
- PP & Y1 House Activities – Wednesday 10 April (students to wear House shirts please)
- PP-Y5 ANZAC Day Service – Friday 12 April
- K-12 Last Day of Term 1 – Friday 12 April (normal finish time for all students)
- K-12 First Day of Term 2 – Tuesday 30 April (Kindy Turtles commence on Wednesday 1 May)
Early Learning and Junior School
Astronomy Night Sausage Sizzle
To ensure our budding astronomers are ready for some stargazing, there will be a sausage sizzle available from 6.15pm - $3 for a sausage in a bun (onions optional) and $2 for drinks. The presentation will begin promptly at 7pm.
We have had a wonderful response to the Astronomy Night, with the event now at its maximum capacity. No further tickets will be released.
Middle & Senior School
Senior Girls Touch Rugby
At half time, the score was very close at 4-3 points in favour of Prendiville loss. The girls managed to pick up their game and execution of skills to win 7-5. The girls really pushed hard and finished with great intensity. The top scorers were Ella Bartholemew, Holly Harding and Holly Hardman.
Senior Boys Basketball
The boys started very strong with a 10-0 lead, but slipped up in defence in the last few quarters. They had an early charge and lead but towards the end, lost composure. Sadly, the boys lost but still had a very strong work ethic and kept up the intensity even whilst falling behind. Best players on court were Jack Page, Tyson Cook and Callum Donald. Great effort boys!
Senior Girls Volleyball
After being ahead in both sets, a lack of communication and movement cost the girls the game. They had some great shots and teamwork execution but just could not pull through in the end. The girls are still a very promising and talented team. Top scorers were Belle Bastow and Katie Marshall. Best players were Imogen Bateup, Belle Bastow and Tea Edwards.
11/12 Boys Volleyball
Over all, it was a very close game with some excellent ball movement and teamwork. However, the boys defence was below average and this was their downfall. The boys are working very well together and proving their talent. The top scorers were Toby Waymouth, Jesse Morris-Palmer and Ollie Bastow. These three boys also received the best player awards. Keep it up, boys!
Year 9 Girls Basketball
Prendiville was an extremely strong team who executed shots well. Our girls are still getting used to the style of basketball, held their own in the game, defended well, and had some good breakaways. Top scorer was Erin Donaldson. Erin also received best player along with Summer Fryters and Jessica Whitby.
Year 9/10 Boys Cricket
It was a very close game, with only five runs separating the two teams. In the end, St Mark’s ended up on top. The boys only had nine in the team, so was a superb effort to take the win. The fielding was excellent, despite being three players short. The boys really showed their skill and teamwork today. Top scorers were Cooper Bartlett and Ashton Robertson. These two boys also received best player awards, along with Ryan Nicholls.
Year 7/8 Boys Basketball
The Year 7/8 Boys Team showed strong determination right from the start. The game was nice and clean, with sportsmanship all around. Some structure did not go to plan but the boys pulled it together and won comfortably 53-37. The top scorers for the match were Cian Ingles, Owen Van Zyl and Talan Furmage, all on fire with buckets after bucket. Best players were Owen Van Zyl, Asher Wilkinson and Talan Furmage. Well done, boys!
Year 7/8 Girls Basketball
Right from the buzzer, the Year 7/8 Girls were in close contention with the Prendiville team. The tough opposition made for a thrilling game with the match going down to the wire. The girls worked very hard but had some unlucky misses, with Prendiville only beating them by eight points. The final score was 37-45. The top scorers and best players were Grace Gardiner and Maya Bess. Well done girls, keep up the great effort!
Year 7/8 Girls Touch Rugby
It was a humid grey day outside with a slight drizzle in the air, but the girls took no notice. After a bit of a clumsy start with Prendiville scoring a couple of quick tries, the girls tightened up their defences and went on the attack. It was a high scoring, thrilling game with both teams showing amazing defence. The girls fought hard with some exciting sprints across the field, with our girls winning by 9 tries to 6! The top scorer for the match was Elyssa Melville with an outstanding five tries! Demi Van Rensberg also scored well, with a couple of nice looking tries. Best players were Bella Gonano, Tenaya Stevens and Demi van Rensberg. An amazing effort from the girls!
Year 7/8 Cricket
A tough day on the pitch for the 7/8 Team. The Prendiville Team set a very hard run chase of 73. The St Mark’s Team didn’t drop their heads and instead went after the total with all they could. Kaleb White was the top scorer followed by Josh McCarthy and Chilli Bostwick. The Team did an amazing job to hold it together under some tough bowling from the Prendiville side. The Team ended up going down 48 – 73 with an outstanding effort against a tough competition. The best players were Kaleb White, Jett Butler and Jemma Hooper. A great effort from the Team!
Cashless Services in Cafeteria
The Cafeteria now accepts payment by EFTPOS (including Visa and Mastercard) in addition to the existing SmartRider payment facility and online ordering. Now students can simply pick up their food and drink and then “Tap & Go” on the way out.
Please be aware that a surcharge of $0.30 will be applied to EFTPOS transactions, if the value of the purchase is less than $5.
Note: EFTPOS is not available in the Junior School kiosk.
Following the overwhelming popularity of the SOS Study Skills session last Monday, students in Years 6-8 are invited to attend a repeat of this session on Monday 18 March. This is part of the SOS program in the secondary Library commencing at 3:40pm and finishing around 4:40pm. Students will learn how learn effective study techniques in this practical session presented by SOS tutor and Old Scholar, Len Bremer. Len has presented these sessions to students over the past few years and they have proven to be very popular so it is imperative that parents email their RSVP as soon as possible.
Students need to bring paper/file and pencil case.
If you would like your child to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
By Emily Rance
As some of you may know last Friday the 8 March was International Women’s Day. Here at St Mark's we are lucky enough to be a part of a community that is filled with successful females. Our School is full of inspiring female teachers, parents, supporters, Old Scholars and students who continually encourage, influence and lead our School striving to make it the best it can be.
However, that is not the case for the majority of the world, as women are the poorest, most malnourished and vulnerable demographic in the world. In an environment where men and women work alongside each other as equals it can be hard to picture the reality for so many women in our world. We are entering an exciting period of history where the majority of the world expects balance. We may notice the absence of equality but we also celebrate its presence.
So let’s celebrate all the men and women surrounding us today who educate equality through action and word. You are amazing role models we are all sub consciously learning from and are implementing actions which allow us to ensure one day we can live in a world that operates in balance.
In a perfect world, we shouldn’t need a day dedicated to women but this day is about more than that it’s about men as well and the gap between us. The gap in pay, the gap in opportunity and the gap in health are just a few and if we continue the way we are, the World Economic Forum predicts it take 100 years to close the gender gap.
So, let’s start today both men and women, let’s see this gap closed within our lifetime. Stand-up, be an example and make a change because balance drives a better world for not just me and you but for people everywhere.
On Friday, you may have noticed the Year 12 girls rocking pig tails to highlight this year’s key theme of balance. Thanks to all the girls who embraced the funky hair to promote a conversation about International Women’s Day amongst both males and females and how it affects us all. It allowed us to picture the world we as young men and women one day wish to see a world that is liberated from gender inequality.
The Arts (K to 12)
Ms Kerise Delcoure (Secondary Art Teacher) and I had the pleasure of attending the Northern Perspectives Art Exhibition Opening at the Wanneroo Art Gallery recently. Three of our Year 12 St Mark's Art students from 2018 had their work in the exhibition. They were India Conway, Katherina Xydas and Angelique DeVilliers.
It was wonderful night, with a showcase of amazing work displaying the best Year 11 and 12 2018 artwork from schools from the cities of Wanneroo, Joondalup and Stirling.
The exhibition runs till 6 April and is definitely worth a visit.
By Mrs Nadine Bastow, Acting Head of the Arts
New instrumental enrolments are now open for Term 2! If your child is interested in starting a musical instrument next term (including voice), please download a copy of the Instrumental Music Handbook from the Parent Portal and fill out the application form on the back page. Applications must be received no later than Friday 29 March, 2019. Applications received after this date will go on the waitlist for Term 3.
Please note this only applies to new students; existing enrolments automatically roll over from term to term and year to year unless notice of withdrawal is given. If your child wishes to withdraw from instrumental lessons for Term 2, please ensure you notify Eloise Thomas at email@example.com in writing no later than Friday 29 March, 2019. Withdrawals received after this date will be charged one term’s fees before withdrawal can take effect.
On Friday last week, Mrs Bastow and Ms Delcoure accompanied the Year 9 and Year 11 ATAR Art classes to the Sculptures by the Sea exhibition in Cottesloe. This year’s event was the 15tha annual exhibition at Cottesloe Beach, and included a spectacular showing of sculpture and installation by international and local artists. Walking along the sandy beach, sea wall and shady grassed areas, the students spent the morning touring the sculpture park and engaging in art analysis activities. With gorgeous weather and a stunning coastal “gallery”, the sculptures glinted and sparkled with reflections of light, water and the seaside landscape. Who could ask for a better way to experience art?
In our Community
Education, just like any other industry, does have its own jargon and sometimes, what makes sense to teaching staff may not translate as well for parents. The question for this week is...
Why does the School sometimes refer to Junior School and at other times to Primary School?
At St Mark's, we have four sub-schools: Early Learning, Junior School, Middle School and Senior School. When activities cross the subschools, we also may refer to them as either Primary or Secondary events. In general terms:
- Early Learning (Kindy to Year 1) + Junior School (Years 2 to 5) = Primary (Kindy to Year 5)
- Middle School (Years 6 to 8) + Senior School (Years 9 to 12) = Secondary (Year 6 to 12)
For some interschool events, such as the NIPPSA Sports Carnivals, the IPSHA Speakers' Challenge, Primary can include Year 6s.
Have you got a 'jargon' question you'd like answered? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Free webinar: End of Year Anxiety
This time of year can be pretty hectic. First we have the scramble to finish up 2019 and prepare for whatever new stage 2020 might bring for each of the kids in your family. Even if you do get to enjoy some time off, holidays and family traditions can present challenges including:
- disrupted routines
- changes in sleep patterns
- financial pressure
- pressure to get everything ‘just perfect’
- dealing with tricky emotions around family traditions (especially after loss, separation or painful memories).
Tempers can be frayed and emotions can run high. Maggie Dent is offering a free webinar on tackling this issue.
Tuesday 10th December
Online (via Zoom)
St Nicolas' Anglican Church Sundowner
St Nicolas' is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Consecration of St Nicolas' Carine-Duncraig. Join them on Saturday 7 December at 6.30pm in the Church Hall for finger foods and drinks. They would love to catch up with past parishioners and friends of our community. BYO drinks. RSVP to 9448 1421 by Monday 2 December 2019.
Parent Prayer Group
The Parent Prayer group invites all St Mark's parents to join them every Monday to pray for our School community: students, staff and families.
Where: Parish Centre (next to the Chapel)
When: Every Monday
Time: 8.30am to 9.30am
All are welcome. If you'd like more information, please call Rebecca Preston (0423 154 650) or Maree Hendry (0468 362 777).
Ride and Stride for Sarcoma
Earlier this year, a School family, the Hoogenkamps, lost their teenage son Kristian to Alveola Rhabdomyosarcoma. The Ride & Stride event is a fundraiser to enable further medical research into this rare cancer. Another School family have chosen to participate in support of the Hoogekamps by entering this challenge and raising funds for research. You can make a donation here. All donations from this event will be put towards sarcoma research through the Hollywood Private Hospital Research Foundation.
General Community Notices
If you are involved in a not-for-profit community group, such as a sports club, you are welcome to send through items for inclusion on this page. Please email email@example.com with your request.
Free session with Mark Lee Football Coaching (K-Y6)
Mark Lee Coaching will be a running before school coaching sessions on the Junior School oval. This program run independently from St Mark's and is open to the wider community (including children from other schools). However, we are pleased to share an offer from the organisers that is exclusive to students attending St Mark's: one free coaching session for students from Kindy to Year 6. The free session for Kindy, Pre Primary, Year 1 and Year 2 is on Friday 22 November, and the free session for Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 is on Friday 29 November. Please download the flyer for more information.